Author Archives: Mary Marvin

Column: Let’s talk about the wonder of trees

This past fall, the village planted more than 20 street trees—including red maples, lindens and pears—but, given that we lost more than 100 during the past two years of storms, we are clearly playing catch-up. Unfortunately, this number does not even take into account the many lost on private property due to storms or disease […]

Column: What did you just vote for?

As you read this, you may have just colored in your paper ballot circles for election for various county, town and judicial offices, as well as a record six New York State Constitutional Amendments. As a caution, the Amendme­nts were on the flip side of the absentee ballot and very easy to miss. As point […]

Column: Unfunded mandates: Enough is enough

I have been asked to join a panel of New York State mayors to set the state legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session for our parent organization, the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials. Though, at times, I have felt it an exercise in futility of late due to inaction on […]

Column: What you need to know about STAR

All New York State homeowners receiving the basic STAR tax exemption must now register with the New York State Department of Taxation in order to receive the STAR exemption in 2014 and going forward. Every current recipient will receive registration instructions by mail with a registration deadline of Dec. 31, 2013. Senior citizens receiving enhanced […]

Column: More on the table than just elections

The New York State Legislature has proposed six constitutional amendments that will appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Though often ignored in relation to election for office holders because voters often do not cast ballots for topics they have not studied, the amendment changes do have lasting impact. Like most state constitutions, New York’s provisions […]

Column: Bronxville’s business district: What’s next?

This summer the village trustees, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, engaged the services of the consulting firm Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC, which specializes in strategies for business district revitalization. Given the continuing appearance of empty storefronts coupled with less than robust sales for some existing businesses, expert advice seemed the prudent approach. In […]

Column: You’re back. Here’s what you missed

Welcome back to all. My inaugural fall column is a compilation of updates on projects undertaken while many villagers were away as well as answers to some frequently asked questions of late. The Public Works Department undertook a very aggressive street resurfacing capital program of paving, curbing and sidewalk installation with expenditures reaching $500,000. All […]